Wedge salads are essential steakhouse fare and have been for decades – “iceberg wedges, blue cheese, bacon” was Roger Sterling’s order on “Mad Men” when he and Don Draper saved the Madison Square Garden account in Season 3, set in 1963. But there is no reason not to bring them home: Pale green-white triangles of commodity iceberg drizzled in pale white-blue dressing, with crumbles of bacon and bright red pops of cherry tomato, and pricks of green chive strewn across the top. Serve a wedge and a steak, or a wedge and a hamburger, or a wedge and a roast chicken, or just a wedge and a lot of warm bread and cold red wine, and it’s a pleasant evening you’re having, a retro delight. Wedge is a salad for pleasure.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1cup cherry tomatoes, approximately 12 to 15, cut in half, about a half pint
- 1small shallot, peeled and diced, approximately 2 tablespoons
- 2tablespoons red-wine vinegar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2thick slices bacon
- 8ounces blue cheese, like Roquefort, crumbled
- ¼cup buttermilk
- 2tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1tablespoon olive oil
- 1teaspoon hot sauce
- 1teaspoon lemon juice
- 1dash Worcestershire sauce, to taste
- 1large head iceberg lettuce, the outer leaves removed, cut into 4 wedges
- 2tablespoons finely minced chives
Step 1Combine the tomatoes, shallots and vinegar in a small bowl, and shower with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
Step 2Cook the bacon in a sauté pan until crisp on both sides, then drain on a paper towel. Crumble when cool, and set aside.
Step 3Make the dressing. Put half the cheese into a medium-size bowl, and mash with a whisk. Add the buttermilk, mayonnaise, olive oil, hot sauce, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, then mash and whisk the dressing until it is mostly smooth. You may wish for a little more hot sauce, lemon juice or Worcestershire, to taste. Then whisk again, and set aside.
Step 4Assemble the salad. Place one wedge of lettuce on each plate, and gently spoon dressing over it. Sprinkle each wedge with crumbled bacon, the dressed tomato halves, the remaining blue cheese and some minced chives.